Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dirty Girl 2011

Weight loss to date: 77 lbs since 1/10/11

Saturday was the Dirty Girl Mud Run I have been waiting for!! This is what all of my hard work was for (well sort of).  My week leading up the the Dirty Girl was not exactly what I pictured though.  Monday I woke up feeling like a truck ran me over and my throat felt like someone stabbed me with a pencil.  After making it through what seemed like the longest day EVER, I went in for a Strep test. Lucky was positive.  So needless to say, I spend Monday night, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning curled in a tiny ball on my couch.  The doctor restricted all working out for the week and was pretty ticked off when I told him I had to do this race.  So, against what I wanted, I rested all week long.  In the end, it was the best choice for me. 

The DGMR was the most amazing thing I have ever done.  I thought  I was going to go into this wanting to run the whole thing and try to beat everyone. But, it wasn't like that at all. My teammates were so wonderful and we did every single event together.  My favorite obstacle was the big mud pit at the end of the race.  It was awesome to have Matt and our teammates families there cheering us on.  As they were chanting for us to jump in the mud, I got so excited that I just went full force!  I ended up smacking my knee on the bottom and now I have a few scrapes.  Let me just say...I love them!! They are my "battle wounds" LOL!! I did all of the obstacles with the exception of the 8 ft wall. I got up on the first step and totally freaked out.  I am not too worried about it, but I will do it next year. 

Yep, you read that right! Dirty Girl Mud Run is a go for 2012 and I AM SO THERE!!! I know my original teammates will be there and I am excited to see if we can bring in a new group to join the shenanigans. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sick of hitting the wall, but excited for where God is leading me

Weight loss to date: still 72 lbs.

I guess the good news is that I haven't gained any weight, the bad news is that I hit another stupid plateau.  I am not really worried about it, but it annoys me that I am working really hard and keep flat lining.  So, this week I decided that I am going to quit drinking Diet Coke unless we go out to eat.  I have a serious addiction to that stuff, it's just not right! lol  I think it went really well and I only had Diet Coke if we went out (which was only over the weekend).  The great thing for me was that I was drinking a ton of water and felt less tired.  So my new goal is to start this week with no more Diet Coke at all.  I didn't get in as much exercise as I was hoping this week.  The heavy rain really put a stop to evening runs for 2 days.  But, this is a new week and I am ready for a new challenge!! I am going to try and get to Zumba Tues, Wed, and Thurs.  I am also going to try to run another 5K distance on Monday and a short run with Matt before Zumba on Wednesday. 

This coming Saturday is the Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K.  I am pretty excited to get out there and see what this is all about.  I feel pretty confident that I will be able to do all of the obstacles and running.  My team is pretty awesome.  My friend that I used to teach with at Webster is on my team, and friend from church and a new friend that I haven't met yet.  I think we will rock it!!

I have been praying a lot lately about using my weight loss journey to help other women.  I know God is calling me to use this part of my life to minister to other women, I am just not sure how or what he will lead me to.  At my Zumba class this week I was able to talk to two women about my journey and give them some tips and tricks.  One of the ladies said "Oh well I've lost 11 lbs, but that's not much".  Are you kidding me?? That is the start of something great! It was so great to give her encouragement and ideas to help her keep going. So for those of you reading this, please pray that God will show me his plans for this and that I will be a faithful servant that follows wherever he leads!